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Sep 18, 2013 - Labor and Employment Update
A non-compete agreement typically seeks to restrict an employee’s ability to leave one company and join a competitor for a specified amount of time after leaving. They are common in the tech industry, and large tech firms typically oppose any legislative attempts to limit their use. Others suggest that these agreements unduly restrict the workforce and restrain startup companies.
Last week, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development hosted dozens to testify for and against limitations on non-compete agreements. Among those testifying was Governor Deval Patrick’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Gregory Bialecki. Governor Patrick has consistently indicated his support for increased regulation of these agreements, and Secretary Bialecki stated that the administration seeks outright elimination of the enforceability of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.
Aug 01, 2013 - Real Estate Development Team Advisory
This past summer, in Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District, the United States Supreme Court handed a significant victory to real estate developers across the country, when it announced that it is unconstitutional under the Takings Clause for municipalities to impose "extortionate" conditions for the granting of development permits.
The last clause of the Fifth Amendment, know as the Takings Clause, requires that "just compensation" be paid if the government takes private property for public use. Typically, this clause is invoked when the government, under the power of eminent domain, literally takes land from private owners and provides just compensation for doing so. In this case, the Supreme Court expanded the scenarios in which a landowner can readily make a claim against the government for an unconstitutional taking.
Mar 25, 2013 - Article by Kenneth Krems for Banker & Tradesman weekly publication
You manage a building with a no-pet policy. A resident walks into your office and proclaims that she needs to have a companion animal, a big Siberian Husky, right now. Your inclination is to tell her no way, because you don't allow any pets, and certainly not a big dog. What should you do?
Recently, there have been many more requests form residents and applicants for service animals. In the past, these primarily involved seeing-eye dogs, but now there are numerous requests for emotional support or comfort animals, which are primarily dogs or cats, but can also be other animals such as birds, monkeys or iguanas.
Various studies have demonstrated that emotional support animals can assist in the treatment of physical and mental illness. They can help decrease depression, stress and anxiety. An increasing number of hospitals now allow pets on their floors to comfort patients.